Sunday, October 19, 2014

Comet Sliding Spring coming Today to visit Mars! English lesson

This comet is a visitor to Mars and the inner Solar System from the Oort Cloud, that is far away from the sun, but still a part of our solar system.  The comet started is sunward journey about a million years ago.  On Sunday night it will make a close call on Mars, where Nasa has three orbiters, and two rovers in place to observe and analyze the event.   There are also two more orbiters one from the European Space agency and one from India on hand as well. 

Read this article and discuss it with your English teacher http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/health-science/comet-to-pay-once-in-a-million-year-visit-to-mars/story-e6frg8y6-1227093333416?nk=4730fdaaf7528b4917c626a21342de42

Key Terms
mind-boggling 
repurposed
detect
witnessed 
shielded
the best seats in the house
have fingers crossed
farther afield
a sharp lookout
 ventured
gaseous coma
recorded history
composition and structure
outposts
fry electronics
puncture fuel lines
vital
deemed minimal
duck and cover
prudentWhicomplex beasts

Questions
What is surprising about this comet?
When was it first discovered?
When did it start its journey to the inner solar system?
What is a comet made from?
Why could the comet be dangerous to spacecraft in orbit around Mars?
How many spacecraft will observe it?
When will the comet come within close range of Mars?
Where on Earth will we be able to see the comet?
Which equipment can you use to see the comet?
What type of information are scientists looking for?
Have you ever seen a comet?  When? Where?
Have you ever been to an observatory? Which one?
What is there to see and do there for the public?


Lesson Plan by Rachael Alice Orbach - Professional English teacher 



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